note: The resources listed herein are provided as a
convenience and courtesy, with the intent of providing a more
expansive and enjoyable Internet experience for anyone interested in
automatic mechanical music services. The author and/or anyone
associated with the production of this site shall assume no
responsibility or liability of any kind regarding the actions,
content, or products related to or offered by any individual,
entity, or site mentioned or listed below. It is the sole
responsibility of the reader/visitor to determine the suitability of
any person, advice, service, or product that may be a consequence of
contacting and/or dealing with anyone or anything mentioned or
inferred within this site. This is particularly the case before
hiring a technician to work on a piano or another valuable
instrument. It is wise to ask a technician for references, and to
take the time to see and hear examples of their previous repairs
before having work done on your own music box, piano, or organ. It
might be especially worthwhile to see examples of their work done
five or ten years previously, so as to verify its durability of
Resource items are grouped by category
for convenience, and then within those individual categories they
are arranged alphabetically by last or company name.
Full color bimonthly magazine featuring illustrated articles on automatic instruments, carousels, amusement parks, and related subjects, including current news on auctions, etc. (Formerly The Carousel News and Trader.)
Anyone who enjoys carousel music will love the incredible
musical repertoire offered by this web site. Cassette tapes and CD
recordings of historic band organs are plentiful, as is a bit of Tangley
Calliope, Wurlitzer Caliola, orchestrion, and photoplayer music, too.
The musical legacy of the late Paul Eakins lives on
through this web site, a place where you can purchase original recordings of
Paul's famous collection of historic mechanical musical machines once
located at the Gay 90's Village, Sikeston, Missouri.
A source for "Red Hot Jazz" 88-note piano rolls sold under
the labels of: "JazzMan," "JazzMan Archive" and "Phantom Fingers." These
piano rolls are "transcribed by John Farrell from recordings made by some of
the foremost jazz pianists, past and present."
This site offers music rolls (with new arrangements) for Wurlitzer Style 125, 150, and 165 band organs, as well as a selection of band organ recordings. It also makes available a myriad of trinkets and small gift items.
Wilfried, who is located in Bonn, Germany, offers a large
selection of CD's featuring all kinds of street and dance organs, ranging
from small organ-grinder type instruments all the way up to large and
impressive classic Fair and Dance Organs. For someone with more modern
tastes, one CD features Wilfried's Happy Robot Orchestra, a large key-frame
operated dance organ with electronic organ, traditional pipework and
trapwork, and advertised as representing a 16-man orchestra.
A source of precision recut style "A," "G" and "O" coin
piano/orchestrion music rolls dating from the 'teens, 20's and 30's, and a
fine audio CD featuring a nice variety of American coin pianos and
orchestrions. Also stocked is later music on rolls arranged by the late John
Farrell. These are new arrangements that include Jazz, Blues, Stride,
Boogie, and more.
A purveyor of quality recordings, some featuring automatic
music instruments. Check out the "Carousel & Circus Music" section, with
calliope and band organ CD's, as well as the "Organ" section, which offers
CD's of Tom Hazleton playing the beautiful San Sylmar 4-manual Wurlitzer.
This is an amazingly detailed site that delves into the
history of ragtime and popular music, inventions of the ragtime era, silent
movie music, player pianos and rolls, biographies of composers and artists,
sheet music covers and lyrics, audio clips, recordings for sale, and much
more! Anyone interested in the music of the golden age of automatic
instruments should take some time to study this site.
Over 1500 Duo-Art music roll translations into MIDI type 0
and type 1 format, suitable for use with pneumatic pianos fitted with
PowerRoll or similar MIDI conversion devices, and electronic and synthesized
pianos, such as the Kurzweil Micro Piano, Yamaha Disklavier and PianoDisc.
GSM (Society for Self-Playing Musical Instruments), the
German society for all types of self-playing musical instruments. A "Shop"
page menu option displays a page containing numerous reprinted mechanical
music related catalogues.
"The KDV is a Dutch society for the preservation of fair
organs, street-organs, dance hall organs, orchestrions, and other automatic
musical instruments; their history and development, and their present
As stated in the web site, "The purpose of the National
Carousel Association is to promote conservation, appreciation, knowledge,
and enjoyment of the art of the classic wooden carousel and especially the
preservation of complete wooden carousels."
A group in Great Britain "founded in 1985 to breathe new
life into player pianos around the world, and to lure them back into the
mainstream of music by means of recordings, exhibitions, publications, and
archive and study facilities."
Founded in Great Britain in 1959, this group brings
together all those interested in the artists who recorded rolls,
techniques of playing the pedal player piano, restoration, materials, and
other related areas.
The “Early Music Machines” section of Rick Crandall’s Library site includes
his detailed articles on the Encore Banjo, the Engelhardt
BanjOrchestra, Gabel, the Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina Rollography, Peerless, the
Popper Felix, the Wurlitzer Automatic Harp made by J.W. Whitlock, the Boyer Museum, and Penny Arcades. Other library sections
are devoted to articles by and about Rick on Computer History, Hiking
Colorado Fourteeners, and Other Publications.
The Violano Rollography and the Violano Rollscanning
Project includes data for more than 3100 Mills Violano music rolls. The
database reports are made available for a nominal fee on CD-R in Microsoft
Access, Excel, and Word formats.
This site is a must see for anyone interested in learning
how Wurlitzer music rolls were made, and for the details regarding Wurlitzer
165 and 180 band organ music roll production. Detailed photographs of
Wurlitzer roll making equipment and research observations are included,
along with a tune/composer listing for most Wurlitzer 165 music rolls.
Rebuilders and Technicians
AMI Enterprises (John R. Grant)
14 E. 21st Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
40+ years experience in restoration and maintenance
primarily for reproducing pianos (Ampico, Duo-Art, Welte, etc.), but also
have extensive experience with parlor reed organs, nickelodeons, and similar
pneumatically operated musical instruments. Member of AMICA, MBSI, and
Associate Member of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG).
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Another Time Restorations -- John Pohlpeter
18347 South Redland Road
Oregon City, Oregon 97045-8823
Restoration and repair of automatic musical instruments --
Player Pianos, Reed Organs, and Orchestrions.
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Chicago Heights IL
Restoration of coin pianos, orchestrions, reproducing
pianos, and band organs, since 1972.
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8165 Castenada Lane
Atascadero, CA 93422
Specializes in restoring all types of medium to large
pneumatic automatic musical instruments, i.e., orchestrions, et cetera.
Available by appointment.
Restoration of antique music boxes, including coin pianos, nickelodeons, band organs, carousel organs, fair organs, monkey organs, orchestrions, singing birds, and player pianos. Also some instruments
may be offered for sale.
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Eric, Christian (Chris) and Kathleen -- Music Box Repairs
Costa Mesa, California
The Eric's do accomplished work on all aspects of music
box restoration, but do be prepared for any major project to be put on a
"wait list." Moreover, do reserve their efforts for the finer aspects of
music box restoration, as they do not have the time nor inclination to
repair the more modern and inexpensive novelty items.
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Goodman, Stephen K. -- Player Piano and Nickelodeon
Complete restoration of orchestrions, coin-pianos, organs,
and reproducing pianos. Midi and music roll arranging and composition for
all automatic musical instruments. 30 years experience. Service calls and
appraisals also available.
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Gonzales, Stephen (Steve) -- The Rhone Corporation -- Case
and Piano Restoration
Pico Rivera, CA 90660-2488
Complete piano action rebuilding and casework restoration
for any type of coin-in-the-slot piano or orchestrion. Capabilities
including major case repairs, repair and/or replacement of carvings, expert
refinishing, tuning, and other repairs.
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Hack Mechanical Music Company -- Dick Hack
Restoration of orchestrions, nickelodeons, coin pianos and
band organs. New rolls for the Mills Violano-Virtuoso, Regina Sublima, North
Tonawanda Pianolin, Wurlitzer Automatic Harp and others.
Celebrating 40 years of doing mechanical music restoration work, specializing in the restoration of the Mills Violano-Virtuoso, including the installation of MIDI systems. Also the restoration of fairground organs, band organs, and other pneumatic operated machines.
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Historical Instrument Restorations -- Durward R. Center
Specializes in the restoration of barrel and paper roll
operated Welte Cottage, Concert, and Philharmonic Orchestrions.
Restoration of hand-cranked organs and fairground organs;
manufacturer of new organs and music.
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17822 Carranza Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Specializes in the restoration of coin operated pianos and
band organs. Also an excellent source for finding and/or fabricating custom
reproduction parts for coin pianos, orchestrions, and band organs.
As the title implies, roller organ repairs and
restorations of both American and European manufacture are a specialty.
Moreover, this easy to navigate site also offers historical information plus
an online store where various roller organs can be purchased.
Mr. Yorburg is an established and recognized woodcarver
and restorer, specializing in amusement related woodworking, including band
organ facades, carousel pieces, penny arcade games, other architectural
ornamentation, and signage and lettering.
In association with the Carousel Organ Association of America, this broad based rollography features information for anything cut 8-to-the-inch. This includes Artizan band organs for 46 Key, 48 Key, 52 Key, 57/61 Key, 66 Key, 82 Key, and 87 Key music rolls; North Tonawanda Musical Instrument Works band organs and the Pianolin and Style "L;" plus historical perspectives and a Scale Summary regarding various music roll manufacturers that should be of interest to any band organ or coin piano enthusiast.
Rollographies for Automatic A Rolls, Clark A Roils, Capitol A Rolls, Wurlitzer Regular and Roll Changer APP Rolls, Wurlitzer Long Tune Roll Frame APP Rolls, and more, An interesting site for anyone interested in 78 RPM recordings and coin piano rolls.
An easy to navigate web site featuring reference
photographs and audio samples, along with sections offering for sale a
variety of books, music rolls, player pianos, reproducing pianos,
coin-in-the-slot pianos and an occasional band organ.
Museum and sales outlet for new music rolls, music boxes,
singing birds, and animated whistlers. Also a manufacturer and restorer of
orchestrions, violin players and other related mechanical music machines.
Specialists in 19th Century Music Boxes. The company was
established in 1966 in Camden Passage, one of the most important antique
centers in Europe, and has been trading at this location for more than
thirty-years. Their web site is elegantly simple, easy to navigate and its
pages are filled with beautiful music boxes for sale.
The J. Verbeeck Company, established in 1884, is world renowned for
the building of superb new Street, Fairground, and Dance organs, as well
as for the expert tuning, repairing, and full restoration of historic organs of all types.
The American Treasure Tour is an all-indoor massive collection of Americana ranging from antiques to kitsch to pop culture. The mechanical music display explores hundreds of machines, including coin pianos, band organs, and music boxes.
The extremely unique museum (the former home of Mr. Charles B. Brown, III, the museum's founder) houses a large collection of music boxes and other fascinating automatic musical instruments, as well as many other interesting items. The building itself provides guests with a most interesting experience as they pass from room to room, at times through hidden doors and secret passages.
This mechanical music oriented web site is for the whole
family, friends, and other mechanical music enthusiasts. Not only are there
lots of pictures to tantalize your interest, but many enjoyable audio clips
are available for immediate listening, too. Additionally, the site also
hosts a useful list of resource links.
The museum houses a permanent exhibit featuring 150 mechanical musical instruments and automata from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, accentuated by 550 additional items. 2:00 PM daily demonstrations. The Guinness Viewable Storage on the lower level provides public access to the collection in its entirety and the whole serves as a source for academic research, special bi-monthly programs, and demonstrations that highlight this extraordinary collection.
Founded in 1963 by the late Frank Holland, the Musical
Museum of London has been a valuable historic attraction for a long time,
and features many beautiful examples of automatic musical instruments. The
year 2002 was the last season in the old St. George's church, when the
museum was relocated to a nearby new purpose built building. A map of how to
get to the museum is provided on its web site.
America's Shrine to Music, a museum containing over 10,000
musical instruments and major historical archives, on the campus of The
University of South Dakota. Automatic instruments in the collection include
a Seeburg G orchestrion, a Wurlitzer, Reproduco, and Empress Electric.
The Nethercutt Collection speaks for itself, and can be
seen for free. San Sylmar not only has a superb collection of automatic
musical instrument, but has an elegant display of meticulously restored
antique automobiles as well. Across the street, the Nethercutt Museum houses
a lot more of J.B. Nethercutt's fantastic collection of vintage automobiles. Click here for information on how to arrange a visit. Children under 12
are not admitted.
Recreating the classic era of motion pictures, Old Town
Music Hall is the place to go for anyone who enjoys viewing memorable motion
pictures, with many silent movies accompanied by a magnificent Wurlitzer
theater organ. A schedule of attractions, along with show times, is
available at the Old Town Music Hall web site.
The three Zaharakos brothers opened their confectionery in 1900, which, ever since 1908, has been home to what is now the only Welte Cottage Orchestrion still in its original commercial location. Visit Zaharako's and see and hear the beautifully restored Welte Style 3 Cottage Orchestrion, located at 329 Washington Street, Columbus, IN.
Established in 1908 by the Zaharako family, the
confectionery is famous for its decor and turn-of-the-last century elegance.
The Welte Style 3 Cottage Orchestrion installed in 1908 continues to provide
a musical treat for visitors.
Other Web Sites Indirectly Related to Mechanical Music
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